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Hand Lettering for Positivity: Design an Inspirational Quote!

Swetha Shenoy, Lettering & Watercolor Artist

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12 Lessons (31m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Project

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Vibrant Backgrounds

    • 5. What Is Hand Lettering?

    • 6. How to Hand Letter?

    • 7. Practice Worksheets: Letters

    • 8. Practice Worksheets: Words

    • 9. Composition & Embellishments

    • 10. Make Your Inspirational Quote

    • 11. Lettering Inspiration

    • 12. Conclusion


About This Class

Hi friends! I'm Swetha Shenoy of The Paisley Corner. I'm a self-taught lettering and watercolor artist. Ever wanted to try hand lettering, but didn’t know where to start? Then this class is for YOU! Learn the basics of hand lettering and use it to design your own inspirational quote. 

In this beginner-friendly class you will:

  • learn the difference between hand lettering and calligraphy
  • get familiar with the basic tools for lettering
  • create vibrant backgrounds for your final artwork
  • practice the art of drawing letters and words using worksheets
  • learn how to design your phrase using composition & embellishments
  • hand-letter a phrase that resonates with you

You will need basic supplies like a pencil, fine point pens, and some watercolor specific supplies that I will walk you through in the class.

I have provided several resources to help you get started and that will set you up for success, so make sure to check it out.

Once you have learned the basics of hand lettering, you can create all year long. Use this fun technique to personalize greeting cards, gift tags, place cards, and even your journal. The possibilities are endless! 

Come, let’s start lettering!

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1. Introduction: Hi, actually national off the Baisley corner, I'm a lettering and watercolor artist. An instructor. A few years ago, I discovered the world of hand lettering on Instagram and was completely hooked. I wasn't ready good at it at the start, but I still enjoy the process. I found it very relaxing and therapeutic to let a words and phrases that inspired me. Hand lettering was a creative outlet that also brought me a lot of joy. A couple years later, I started a new journey As an art instructor, I could now share the joy and positivity that lettering had brought into my life. I realized that everyone is creative. They just don't know. Idiot. I'm thrilled that I can now connect with students all over the world with my new skills check loss. In this class, you will learn the basics of hand lettering and use it to design an inspiration court For your class project. I will show you how to create this vibrant watercolor background. How to later or phrase off your choice and how to make your art pop, which is too few key embellishments. If you've never tried lettering before, then fear not. This class is for beginners. And if you're not a big enough, then maybe you learn a new technique or two. So do keep watching. Once you've learned the basics of lettering, you can create all your long customize your greeting cards, gift tags or even your journal. The possibilities are endless. Come, let's start lettering. 2. Your Project: for your class project. I want you to create a hand lettered inspiration court using the skills you have load in this class. Why? Lettering might be relatively easy. Designing off rays from scratch can be a bitch overwhelming for beginners. So I have broken down the entire process of design into simple steps so you can focus on one thing at a time. I have also provided several resource is to help you get started, and that will set you up for success. So do check them out. I'll first show you how to make vibrant watercolor backgrounds for your class project. This is such a fun technique, and I love using it for my hand lettered artwork. Next, I'll introduce you to hand lettering and walk you through the three simple steps that will transform your regular writing to beautiful lettering. You will then practice the art of drawing letters using my worksheets. You will also learn how to connect the letters to form elegant woods. I was then walking through my process of designing a court. You will see how I start with a rough sketch so that I can figure out the layout and embellishments beforehand. And in the final step, I'll show you how to draw your phrase onto watercolor gods. Just have fun with this class project and show inspiration Quotes in the project Galati. I would love to see what to come up with. Next up. Let's see what supplies you will need for your class project. 3. Supplies: in this lesson, I will walk you through all the supplies needed to make your final class project. Let's start off with the basics. You will need a pensar any visa a ruler. You will also need black fine point ments like my crone or tumble in sizes 03 and zero FIPE . You might also need a shop E or the fine side off. A black Tom board will brush pen toe color any larger areas. For our watercolor backgrounds. You need watercolor paper that is cut to size five by seven. The reason I'm using this size is because it's a standard frame herbal size in case you want to frame your artwork. But it also gives you a good enough surface area to create the colored background. Now you can use any watercolor paper that is at least 1 £40 in weight. But I personally like the Cancer in Excel series, which are affordable and thes struck. More hot press cards that are already precut to size five by seven. I'll be using these cards to this. The hot press cards are great for lettering because they have a smoother surface than the cold press watercolor people to create the colorful backgrounds. I'll be using the Tom Bode well, brush pens it. This is the bright palette. I love how Weibring these markers are. These are water based and so fun to work with. I would show you how to use them in the next lesson. If you don't have these Marcus, you could also use regular watercolors or the Crayola washable Marcus. Those will work to, but I personally like using the Tomba Marcos because the colors are bright and blend really well. You will also need a fine mist spray border or a spritzer filled with tap water, a plastic bag from your country and some paper dolls wondering what are we doing with these supplies will keep watching. Also, don't forget to print the practice worksheets, which I will cover in a future lesson. You can use them as us or use tracing paper to trace over it. So go ahead and gather your supplies and I will meet you in the next lesson to create those wide brimmed watercolor backgrounds. 4. Vibrant Backgrounds: in this lesson, I am going to show you how to create these colorful watercolor backgrounds for a final class project. We're doing this first because it takes a few minutes to dry. So let's get this out of the way before moving on to lettering. As I mentioned in the previous lesson, you will need your water color guard, Tom O. Marcus, or if you don't have these, you can also use washable Crayola markers or regular watercolors. You will also need your spritzer plastic bag and paper dolls first, a quick word on these Tom Arkels These are dual brush friends. That means they have two sides. Um, there's a find upside and a brush site, which has a point of tip and, in fact, belly. And you want to use this belly while creating your broad strokes. So you do that by holding the pen at an angle like this. You don't want to be holding it straight down like this, so I'm going to show you that by using the belly side, you can create broad strokes like this, and this is how we want to be using the Pence study now pick to Carlos for your background . The one thing I want you to keep in mind while selecting your colors is that they need to be close to each other on the color wheel, or at least on the same side. So you get a nice soft mix. When you mix colors that are on the opposite side off the color will. Then you might get a dog brown mix, and we don't want that. I'm going to select this green and this blue Marco one of my favorite color combinations. So now I'm going to take a paper towels and place it under my plastic bag. I'm doing this so when I apply color to the plastic bag, you can see it clearly under a white background. I'm gonna take my first Marco and usually brush site to create random strokes like this, making sure to leave some gaps between the strokes. Now I'm gonna take my second Marco, and I'm going to fill in some of these gaps. If the color starts each other, that's fine, but you don't have to all of them. Now comes the fun booked. I'm gonna take my spread so and spray water directly onto the plastic bag. Notice how the color activated when it came in contact with the water. You want to spray about 4 to 5 times directly onto the colors, but you don't want to overdo it. Now what? You want to take your water bottle guard and place it directly onto the colors on the plastic bag. Flip it over gently, so now you can see the colors and move them around with your fingers like this. Now why you're doing this? You're mixing the colors, your blending them and also transferring it to the paper. And if you find some areas like this where the colors are not blending, then just take your spirit so and spray the water onto the plastic bag, not onto the watercolor card they go. Once you're happy with the result, remove the plastic bag. And if you think there's any excess water on your watercolor card, just slightly dab it with your people. You also want to make sure that you wipe your plastic bag clean so that you don't accidentally chance for the colors to another surface. If your paper warps a bit, that's fine. It will flatten as it dries, but like I mentioned before. You don't want to add a whole lot of water because the paper might walk a lot more. This is really a fun technique, and each time you do it, you're going to see a difference right off colors. You could use more than two colors if you want, but again, make sure that they are close to each other on the color wheel. All right, great job in creating a Weibring background for your class project. Why don't you keep it on the side to dry and meet me in the next lesson where I will introduce you to hand lettering? 5. What Is Hand Lettering?: in this lesson, I'm going to quickly walk you through the difference between calligraphy and hand lettering . Calligraphy is an ancient art form and is the art of writing. It has its own set of tools. Typically, calligraphers use a depend with a chip attached to it on the dip it in ink before writing. Calligraphy requires a lot of practice to build muscle memory for those beautiful, elegant strokes. Hand lettering, which is also known as fake calligraphy or four calligraphy, is the art off drawing letters. You don't need any fancy tools to get started. You can even hand letter with a pencil or a regular pen that's lying around at home and when compared to calligraphy, it's also more bouncy, freeform and whimsical. Hand lettering is not handwriting, so you don't need to have good writing to be good at lettering. To be completely honest with you, my writing isn't really that good. But that hasn't stopped me from enjoying lettering because it's more about drawing your letters than simply writing them. So make sure you take your time and put a lot of intention in Dear lettering. Now that you know what hand lettering is, let's move on to the next lesson where I will show you how to hand letter with a pencil or a pen. 6. How to Hand Letter?: in this lesson, I'll show you how toe hand letter with the pencil or a pen. Now here's an example off my handwriting and my littering. I told you my handwriting wasn't very good. But if you look at these letters here on the second line, you can see that there's a bit of contrast that's created by 10 antic lines. Now this contrast is the key toe hand lettering and is actually a concept borrowed from calligraphy. So the idea is that as you're drawing your little any time, your pen moves in an upward direction. This is known as an upstroke. You want a 10 line, but that's street up. It is angle or even horizontal. You want pin ups trucks, and any time you move your pen in a downward direction, whether that's straight down or it in anger, you want pick lines. So 10 up strokes and take down strokes. We're going to make these 10 antic lines using a regular pen, and that's why hand lettering is also known as fake or for calligraphy. Basically, there are three steps involved. The first step is to write your letter A as you normally would then, in the second step, you go back toe, identify your down strokes. Now for my letter e. I started from Hill and then came down. So this is my first known stroke. And then I went back up again and they hear was my second down stroke. Now, once I have identified my dog strokes, I go back in and add these additional lines like this. The toad step is to actually fill in the space between the lines like this. You can actually do this with a pencil or a pen, like I mentioned, but I'm using these, Marcus, so you can see it clearly. You see that once we added these additional lines and fill it in the letter looks a lot more different. Then the origin letter. There's a little bit of contrast with your tenant declines. This is also known as adding weight to letters. Now, let me show you another example with the letter M. This is my first don't stroke. This is the second down stroke, and this is my third and final down stroke. Now I'm going to go back and add the additional lines and then fill it up. Now a question. Beginners ask frequently is where do I add my additional line? Do I added inside the letter or outside the letter? Well, honestly, there's no right or wrong. You should at the line wherever you think there is room for it. But the thing that you want to keep in mind is that you want to maintain the shape off your letter when you add the additional line, that is for my letter. A. I don't want to add a line that straight down like this. I want to make sure that the line I'm adding main days the shape off the little. Even here I follow the curve, the natural curb off the letter. So as long as you're meeting the shape of the letter, feel free to add the line better where you think there is room for it. You don't have to overthink it. Now that you have earned the three basic steps of hand lettering. Let's try writing all the letters in the state, so print a copy of the practice worksheets, but you will find in the resource section and meet me in the next lesson. 7. Practice Worksheets: Letters: in this lesson, you will practice writing all the letters using 10 up strokes on DTIC down strokes that I've mentioned in the previous lesson. But first, I'm going to walk you through these worksheets. I hope you have your printed copies ready now. These lettering worksheets are really useful. When you fall, start hand lettering. You can write in the space provided, or you can place a tracing paper over the worksheets and trace your letters. Now, since this class is for beginners, we will be walking with lower case letters only. I also think there are a lot more fun to work with. Now you can see that the worksheets have a set of lines that are repeated over and over again. These lines will help keep your lettering level and even sized when you four start lettering. But what do these lines mean? Let me quickly walk you through them. The decline that you see here, this is your baseline. And this is your guiding line. Except for a few letters like the G. Why, J All letters usually sit on this baseline and then you have a tortured line above your baseline. This is known as the X height. This marks the top off your letter X, but not just the letter X, the letters A, C, m E, and a few others. And this last line over here is your ascender line. This marks the top off the letters that go beyond the X height, like your letter L K f and so on. Now, we don't need to worry too much about these lines because the worksheet will guide you as to where your letter should start and where they should end. But I just wanted you to be aware of them. To practice her letters, you can either use your pencil or 03 fine point pen. I like using these spends because the fine lips give me a lot of control over my letters. I would love to see how you progress through these worksheets, so make sure you shared a picture in the project gallery. Practice each letter a couple of times before moving on to the next one and meet me in the next lesson where I will show you how to connect your letters to form Woods 8. Practice Worksheets: Words: Now that you have practice your letters, it's time to move on to the woods. In this lesson, I'll show you how to connect two letters. Let's say I was writing the word love. I would write the entire would in one go without stopping. But when your hand lettering you want to take a slight pause after every letter so you can be more mindful about connecting your letters? Notice how I extended my letters a little bit every time so I can place the letter right next to it. So that's your force Tip. Go slow. You don't need to be in a hurry to get to the end of the world, because as often as you like, the other thing I want you to keep in mind is to leave a little bit of room in between your letters. Remember, you have to go back and add those additional lights, so make sure you're living a little bit of room. As you're drawing out your words. Let me show you another example. So I'm dry writing the word enjoy. You see how I paused after every letter and I took my time writing it. I also have a lot of room here to go back and add my additional lights. If you want your lettering toe, have a little bit of bones in them. You can have your letter school slightly above or below your guidelines. Let me show you an example. Now for this word. I'm going to extend the A below the baseline, and then the are I'm going to take above the X height, and the E is going to be a tad but smaller and float above the baseline. So feel free to play around with the placement off your letters and see if you want to include any bones in them. So now practice the sample words on your own before we move to the next lesson. I want you to pick a phrase for your final class project. Big. A short phrase, preferably under five words, so you're not too overwhelmed with composition. Sometimes even a single word can be really powerful and convey a lot off meaning with the right style and ambitions. So pick a phrase and I'll see you in the next lesson, where I will walk you through lettering, composition and embellishments 9. Composition & Embellishments: in this lesson, you will learn how to design your inspiration court, using composition and ambitions. My goal right now is to just design a rough sketch. So here I have a scratch paper. But my phrase written note the phrase that have chosen is make today magical. Normally, I do this with a pencil, so it's easier to meet changes as I go. But I'm using this black Marco, so you were able to see my process Clearly. The first thing I want to decide is composition, and by that I mean the layer of the court. How many lines will I have? What's the orientation going to be? Is it going to be were tickle or horizontal? What? I want my words to fit into a shape. A so called perhaps so. I'm trying to figure out the answers to these questions right now, so it's much easier for me to do my final piece later on. So I'm going to add these forward slashes to indicate the line bricks. So I want every word Toby in its own line. So here I have written down my phrase with the line breaks and just by looking at it I can tell that my phrase will look better in a vertical orientation, So I'm going to draw a political box around it like this. Next, I'm going to decide my embellishments. I have added a list of simple Am bullish Mints in the resource section to give you some ideas. Now, embellishments are nothing but tiny doodles or simple illustrations that take your hand lettered artwork to a whole new level. As you can see here, they could be arrows lines like this to emphasize words. Banners like this one, which is quite simple or a fancy one like this. Simple flourishes. Or here you have a set off wines and REITs, so pick illustrations that would elevate or add emphasis to a court. You could also use them toe Philip. Any spaces in your lettering dots. Tiny circles and stars are ideal for something like that. So for my freeze, I think I'm going to go with dots and circles and also add some stars at random places to fill up all these gaps and empty spaces. And I also think the stars go with the phrase that I've chosen today. So also added another set of sample compositions for you. Feel free to take a look at it to get some inspiration. So go ahead and design your inspiration court. It doesn't have to be pretty. You just need to decide on your overall composition and embellishments. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to let your quote on do watercolor guards. 10. Make Your Inspirational Quote: Now that you have a rough sketch off your design, we are so close to completing our class project. In this lesson, I'll show you how to draw your courts on the watercolor gods. You're watercolor backgrounds should be dry by now. Now I recommend drawing out your entire court using a pencil first. This way, if you make any mistakes, you can always it is it. And start over now because my friends has three lines. The first thing I moved to do is draw three lines to help me with alignment. I also want to make sure that my phrase is centered and there is even spacing between the lines as well. My pencil marks at a bit dark here so you can see them. But I would suggest you to meet light pencil marks just enough for you to see it. You don't want to be making any harsh fence and marks on the paper. I'm adding bounds to my letters, so they're not actually going to sit on these lines. I'm just using them as a reference line so I can make some off. My letters go above the line, and some of them can go below the line. But if you don't want any bones, new lettering, that's totally fine. You can just have them sit on your baselines if you make any mistakes, or if you're not happy with the placement off your letters, you can always it is them and related notice that I've added the additional lines with the pencil as well. And I've tried to be consistent with the spacing. I'm not one offered and with the pencil, because I can just feel it all at once with the black ink. So now that my pencil drawing is done, I'm going to trace over it with my or three fine point pen and then fill in the space between the lines. You could use the fine point pens or the black Marco, depending on how much control you want while filling in those lines. Now, even with your embellishments, you want to first do them in pencil and then trace over it with ink. You can also go back and fill in any gaps that you might have missed. Let the ink dry for a few minutes, and then it raised all the pencil marks. Your inspiration court is all done I would love to see your hand lettered courts. So do share it in the project gallery below. In the next lesson, I'm going to share some lettering project ideas, so keep watching. 11. Lettering Inspiration: I had mentioned earlier that once you learn the basics off hand lettering, you can create all your long in this lesson. I want to share some ways. I use lettering in my everyday life. One of the ways I love using lettering is to create handmade cards for every occasion. Honestly, I haven't bought a greeting card in several years Now, whether it's someone's birthday or the holiday season or even a simple thank you card, I make my own, and it brings me a lot of joy. Another way to use lettering is to create bookmarks with some fun courts on it. This is also a great idea to use up all those paper scraps lying around. I also carry a small journal when I travel. So Aiken document my travel memories, and I love creating affirmation cards every now and then. Last but not the least, use this technique to create personalized gift for someone you love. I'm sure they will appreciate a handmade gift. So now that I have shared several ideas, how do you think you will use hand lettering and your next art project? Let me know In the discussions, Villa 12. Conclusion: Congratulations on designing your inspiration. Port. I would love to see your class project, So don't forget to share a picture in the project gallery to quickly recap in this class, you not only learn the basics off lettering, but also learned how to design a phrase off your choice against vibrant watercolor Bagram's For next steps. I recommend you continue to practice lettering losing the worksheets I have provided because practice makes progress and try designing a district courts phrases so you get more comfortable with composition and adding those embellishments, maybe even try lettering on different surfaces using very mediums. For example, he could use a white gel paid on Kraft paper or try 40 color lettering. Like I mentioned earlier. The possibilities are endless. Live review if you like this class. So it motivates me to create more classes for you and follow me on skill share. So you're notified when I publish my next class. Happy lettering